This book gripped me from the beginning and like others have said, one real strength of it is the way the lives of the characters come to intersect.
We so need native voices in today’s world…my family history of reservation life
,government boarding schools and adjustments to urban life has been hidden for far too long
The last part makes the novel worth it all.
Wonderful story that certainly leaves the reader/listener wanting more.
This book not only made me think it made me feel. As as brown 1/4 NDN. I feel lucky and and a little cheated at the same time. Raised by college education parents ( it was very difficult for my mom to go to college) Relatives and relationships were the same in my family.
I had a grandmother and a great grandmother both teaching me NDN ways and stories my mom a little. The same lessons were taught tome with science and facts.
I also now live in the valley and have worked all over oakland. An a’s fan.
Enough about me. I am so happy to find this book that made me remember, think, cry, and discuss and question my mom. I have learned so so much more about my family history with pictures too, I had never seen.
I am 61 years. Thank you so so much.
An incredible book
It was the best book I’ve read all year. I couldn’t put it down (turn it off) and it is by far my favourite novel this year
compelling look at the invisibility the Native American population and culture has been rendered, and how violence against a people begets more violence in return. Great read but WAY too many characters to keep straight - they all weave together in the end, but requires a lot of work on the part of the reader to keep them all straight. Still, a wonderful read (just take notes!) Incredible number of narrators - all good.
Initially I liked the story but quickly got bogged down in all the different characters; this is not good, because they all key into each other at the culmination of the story so you need to know who is exactly who. Also, I expected to learn something more about native Americans who live in America's big cities but for the most part, this story could have been about any undereducated, ignored minority group in America. Apart from the references to the Pow Wow, and being in costume, one never really got the sense that the writer was evoking what it feels like to be a native American in modern America. Overall, I was disappointed with the story. The narration was excellent.
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